Sing a Song on a Perfect Sunday

20May12

Thanks for all the answers and input from yesterday’s question. In case you missed it, it was:

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Now, I don’t karaoke. I’m way too shy and self-conscious, not to mention that I can’t sing a lick. I know a lot of people do it anyway that can’t sing; they just like the fun of the experience of doing it. I just can’t bring myself to do that. I don’t even sing out loud when I am alone listening to music. So to fly in the face of that, when I was in Helen Hayes Hospital doing my rehab after being sick in 2009, one of my therapies was  breathing and speech therapy. It was weird being told that you had to re-learn how to breathe and speak properly, but that was part of my daily routine for 2 months. I would spend 45 minutes a day working with the breathing therapist and 45 minutes a day working with a speech therapist. One of the things the breathing therapist decided was that every Friday we would spend the session singing and doing karaoke, since it was good breathing exercise. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled to hear this.I did the breathing therapy along with another patient who was paralyzed in a surfing accident and was trying to get everything back. In the big scheme of things, he was worse off than I was since he could barely move at all. By this time I had at least some function in my hands so I was better off. He was a nice guy, but like me, he was pretty shy and considering everything he had been through I can understand why. Anyway, we didn’t have much of a choice and we had to sing every Friday. So I picked two songs that I figured I could handle and did those most of the time. The first was The Rolling Stones “Paint it Black.” The words were easy and the tone seemed easy to handle so I did it. We played on the American Idol video game so it tracked how you did with your pitch and everything so the therapist could see how we did. It went fairly painlessly. The other song I chose was “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. The therapist had never heard this song before, and to be honest, I chose it because there isn’t a lot of singing involved in it; it’s mostly instrumental so I didn’t have to do too much :).

That’s my answer. Thanks again to those who answered and to Donald Faison for providing his answer (if you aren’t sure who he is, he played Turk on “Scrubs,” one of may favorite shows). So that brings us to today’s question, which is:

What is your idea of the perfect Sunday?

Since it’s such a beautiful day here in New York, and it is Sunday, it seemed like a good question. Typically, Sunday is a big relaxation day for most people. I was wondering what you consider to be the perfect way to spend the day. To be honest, I am also working on a story that centers around a Sunday, so if you give me some good ideas, I may be able to incorporate them into the story. What’s your idea of the best way to spend the day? I already know my answer to this question, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it. Do you just like to laze around, work in the garden, watch television or dance around the house naked? Whatever it is, let me know. You can leave your answer on here, on Facebook or on Twitter. I’ll ask some people on Twitter too and see if the respond. I’ll post my answer tomorrow.

I hope you’re enjoying the rest of your day. I am going to try to do some more writing before I get back to do some “work” writing today, so make sure you have some fun and don’t forget to do something creative today!

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3 Responses to “Sing a Song on a Perfect Sunday”

  1. 1 Kim Lyman

    I love, love, love the White Stripes and Seven Nation Army! Kagan and Tallie do to! I downloaded the whole new Jack White album the day it was released. No Karaoke for me, but I sing at the top of my lungs in the shower almost every day, lol.

    The perfect Sunday for me is the cliche ‘family day’, having breakfast as a family, doing small projects around the house while teaching the kids how to do certain jobs they’ll need to know how to do as adults, maybe hammock and reading time, some fishing, or a hike or both. That’s the perfect Sunday. The reality of Sunday is tearing into projects bigger than Sunday is, trying to get as much as possible done in a time frame that it’s not possible to do it in; feeling overwhelmed and overworked because I worked too hard during the week to even get mundane daily chores done, so they piled up for Sunday. I’m taking steps to help change this, one new assistant and another soon to be hired, so my weekdays will be less crazy and maybe I will own my Sunday’s again and the book and the hammock may just win out when they beckon.

    • 2 MikeG

      I love your perfect Sunday! It sounds great and it so you. I hope you get to do it more often now that you’ll be getting some help.

  2. 3 MikeG

    gzchef Geoffrey Zakarian
    “@IguanaFlats: @gzchef What is your idea of the perfect Sunday?” Spending the day with family, loved ones, and great food.


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